Cognitive processing therapy for veterans with military-related posttraumatic stress disorder.


Journal Article

Sixty veterans (54 men, 6 women) with chronic military-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) participated in a wait-list controlled trial of cognitive processing therapy (CPT). The overall dropout rate was 16.6% (20% from CPT, 13% from waiting list). Random regression analyses of the intention-to-treat sample revealed significant improvements in PTSD and comorbid symptoms in the CPT condition compared with the wait-list condition. Forty percent of the intention-to-treat sample receiving CPT did not meet criteria for a PTSD diagnosis, and 50% had a reliable change in their PTSD symptoms at posttreatment assessment. There was no relationship between PTSD disability status and outcomes. This trial provides some of the most encouraging results of PTSD treatment for veterans with chronic PTSD and supports increased use of cognitive- behavioral treatments in this population.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Monson, CM; Schnurr, PP; Resick, PA; Friedman, MJ; Young-Xu, Y; Stevens, SP

Published Date

  • October 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 74 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 898 - 907

PubMed ID

  • 17032094

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17032094

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-006X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0022-006X.74.5.898


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States